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Plugin Review: SlideDeck2

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Since it’s launch SlideDeck has been a really easy way to add attractive sliders to your WordPress website. But recently Digital Telepathy (the makers of SlideDeck) have made it even easier and more fun with the release of SlideDeck2 which comes with an updated user experience design as well as several new features. In this post I’ll be walking you through how to set up SlideDeck2 and then giving my thoughts/review on the plugin at the end. I hope you find this overview helpful!

What’s New In SlideDeck2?

SlideDeck version 2.1 comes with some pretty impressive updates. First and foremost, the ability to create slidedecks with multiple content types such as video, images, text, and even custom html all in one deck! They’ve also made it possible to import more great sources – including instagram, youtube, google+, and many more. Other fun features are slidedeck covers and lenses, which I’ll show you below.

Installing SlideDeck2

To install SlideDeck2 you first need to go to their website CLICK HERE and purchase the Personal, Developer, or Professional license. You can also get SlideDeck 2 Lite which you can download for free from the WordPress plugin repo here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/slidedeck2- it has fewer options, but gives you the SlideDeck experience right in your site, and you can seamlessly upgrade from within the WP admin area. In this review I am using the Developer version. The main differences between the three tiers is that the Professional and Developer tiers enable the Custom Content features, and allow you to use and get support for SlideDeck on multiple sites (3 for Professional, and unlimited for Developer).

Once you make your purchase just follow their directions in order to download the zipped plugin file. After you’ve downloaded the zipped plugin file go into you WordPress Admin and click on Plugins > Add New > Upload and install the zipped file.

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Upon activation you’ll notice a new menu in your side bar and a prompt to enter your new license key.

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Configuring SlideDeck2

Your license key can be found in your new Digital Telepathy account, which you will have access to after purchase. Copy the license from your profile there and paste it into the appropriate section in your advanced options sub-menu.

SD2-AdvancedOptionsPage

SD2-Verified

Ok, now that you’ve verified your license, it’s time to explore the other sub-menus. You’ll notice there is a page for Addons (which in this case means upgrades to your plugin), Lenses (which are sort of like slidedeck skins), and of course the all important slidedeck manage page where new slidedecks are created and managed.

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SD2-Lenses

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As you can see in the image of the management page, there are two types of slidedecks that can be created in version 2.1. First we have the classic image only slider, which I’ll walk you through first. All you have to do is click on the Create SlideDeck button under the Dynamic Source option and choose your image source from the list that pops up.

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I chose to use my instagram account for this example. Once chosen all I had to do was sign into my instagram account to for it to display my instagram photos inside the new SlideDeck. Please pay no mind to my cat photos.

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After I’ve selected my source it’s really just a matter of making the SlideDeck look the way I want it to. As you can see, there are plenty of customization options.

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SD2-Customize-Playback

When your customizations are over simply click on Save SlideDeck at the bottom of the page. Now, before we get to publishing your slidedeck, lets take a look at how to create a custom content slidedeck with multiple media types.

We begin similarly by going back to the main management page and this time clicking on the Create SlideDeck button under Custom Content. When you do so, you will see this new blank SlideDeck.

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As you can see, there are four options for each slide. You can choose to have an image, a quote, a video, or embeddable html. I chose to make one slide of each for my example as seen below.

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Just as before, once your content is in the SlideDeck all that is left to do is customize it’s appearance and save it for publishing.

Publishing SlideDeck2

Publishing your SlideDeck could not be easier. All you do is go to your manage page, click on the icon you see selected below, and then choose one of the options presented.

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SD2-Publish2

I chose method 2 and in an instant I had my SlideDeck live on my site.

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It’s literally the exact same process for publishing your multimedia slidedeck. And you’ll notice you have several awesome content types all in one slider.

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In Conclusion

After having created some SlideDeck and published them using the new version 2.1 I have to say I’m pretty impressed. The user experience design was really fun and it made everything super easy to understand. I wasn’t lost for a second. If creating custom sliders is something you want to be able to do on your WordPress site then this tool is the one for you.

Download Link: SlideDeck2 – it has fewer options, but gives people the SlideDeck experience right in their site, and they can seamlessly upgrade from within the WP admin area.In this review I am using the developer version but I’m not actually doing anything that you couldn’t on the personal license.

Once you make your purchase just follow their directions in order to download the zipped plugin file. After you’ve downloaded the zipped plugin file go into you WordPress Admin and click on Plugins > Add New > Upload and install the zipped file.

SD2-Installation

Upon activation you’ll notice a new menu in your side bar and a prompt to enter your new license key.

SD2-NewMenu

SD2-LicenseKeyPrompt

Configuring SlideDeck2

Your license key can be found in your new Digital Telepathy account, which you will have access to after purchase. Copy the license from your profile there and paste it into the appropriate section in your advanced options sub-menu.

SD2-AdvancedOptionsPage

SD2-Verified

Ok, now that you’ve verified your license, it’s time to explore the other sub-menus. You’ll notice there is a page for Addons (which in this case means upgrades to your plugin), Lenses (which are sort of like slidedeck skins), and of course the all important slidedeck manage page where new slidedecks are created and managed.

SD2-Addons

SD2-Lenses

SD2-ManagePage

As you can see in the image of the management page, there are two types of slidedecks that can be created in version 2.1. First we have the classic image only slider, which I’ll walk you through first. All you have to do is click on the Create SlideDeck button under the Dynamic Source option and choose your image source from the list that pops up.

SD2-CreateSD

SD2-Create-AddSource

I chose to use my instagram account for this example. Once chosen all I had to do was sign into my instagram account to for it to display my instagram photos inside the new SlideDeck. Please pay no mind to my cat photos.

SD2-AddInstagram

SD2-Sourced

After I’ve selected my source it’s really just a matter of making the SlideDeck look the way I want it to. As you can see, there are plenty of customization options.

SD2-Customize-Lenses

SD2-Customize-Setup

SD2-Customize-Appearance

SD2-Customize-Content

SD2-Customize-Nav

SD2-Customize-Playback

When your customizations are over simply click on Save SlideDeck at the bottom of the page. Now, before we get to publishing your slidedeck, lets take a look at how to create a custom content slidedeck with multiple media types.

We begin similarly by going back to the main management page and this time clicking on the Create SlideDeck button under Custom Content. When you do so, you will see this new blank SlideDeck.

SD2-MultiMedia1

As you can see, there are four options for each slide. You can choose to have an image, a quote, a video, or embeddable html. I chose to make one slide of each for my example as seen below.

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SD2-MultiMedia4

SD2-MultiMedia5

Just as before, once your content is in the SlideDeck all that is left to do is customize it’s appearance and save it for publishing.

Publishing SlideDeck2

Publishing your SlideDeck could not be easier. All you do is go to your manage page, click on the icon you see selected below, and then choose one of the options presented.

SD2-Publish1

SD2-Publish2

I chose method 2 and in an instant I had my SlideDeck live on my site.

SD2-Publish3

It’s literally the exact same process for publishing your multimedia slidedeck. And you’ll notice you have several awesome content types all in one slider.

SD2-MultiPublish1

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SD2-MultiPublish3

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In Conclusion

After having created some SlideDeck and published them using the new version 2.1 I have to say I’m pretty impressed. The user experience design was really fun and it made everything super easy to understand. I wasn’t lost for a second. If creating custom sliders is something you want to be able to do on your WordPress site then this tool is the one for you.

Download Link: SlideDeck2

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